Rembrandt: An Essay in the Philosophy of Art
First published in 1916 in German, this important work has never been translated into English--until now. Simmel attacks such questions as "What do we see in a work of Art?" and "What do Rembrandt's portraits tell us about human nature?" This is a major work by a major thinker concerning one of the world's most important painters.
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SIMMELS PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION OF 1916
1 THE EXPRESSION OF INNER LIFE
2 INDIVIDUALIZATION AND THE GENERAL
3 RELIGIOUS ART
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